Scripture: Psalm 135
Key verse: (5) For I know that the Lord is great; our Lord is above all gods.
Reflection: The biblical writers don’t waste words trying to prove the existence of God or to prove that their God is the only God. They were very aware that all of the nations and peoples around them worshiped other gods. So rather than proof, the writers proclaimed that their God was above all other gods.
I’ve never found it helpful to argue with an atheist or an agnostic about the existence of God. Arguments rarely convince anyone of anything. I am intrigued by the challenge that our God is above all other gods. If you accept that humans organize their life around some commitment to a guiding principle, then I think our God is above all other options.
Who is your god? And what has that god done for you? The psalm writer proclaims that the idols worshiped by other nations are only “the work of human hands” and made of “silver and gold.” They have mouths but don’t speak. They have eyes and ears but don’t see or hear. They are objects. We might easily dismiss the psalm because we don’t worship gold figurines and we don’t bow down before silver statues. But we do worship other gods – the god of work, the god of family, the god of success, the god of perfection, the god of emotional highs, the god of money, the god of our own desires. Those gods aren’t living. They enslave us rather than free us (Psalm 135:8-12). Any good they bring is short-lived. As the writer says “Those who make them and all who trust them shall become like them.” (v. 18)
What is shaping your life? What guides your decisions? Who is your God? The Lord is great; above all gods we might choose otherwise.
Prayer: O God, when I am tempted to let other gods guide my life, remind me of your power. When I am tempted to worship other gods, remind me of your love and deliverance. When I am tempted by other priorities, remind me that you alone are my Lord. Amen.
Author: Millie Snyder
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].